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WDW Radio # 733 – Win a Trip to Disneyland Paris, and 30 Reasons to Visit Disneyland Paris, Part 2

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Lou Mongello: Hello my friend, and welcome to the WDW Radio Show, your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is shown over 733 and together as we have been for the past 18 years, we're gonna celebrate the magic of the Disney parks around the world. Movies Marvel, star Wars, and more.

Here on the podcast, my weekly live video on Facebook every Wednesday night. Events, blog, and more. Please be sure to join the community at wdwradio.com/clubhouse. Subscribe to the podcast, tell a friend and find everything else@wwradio.com. So we continue our journey to and through Disneyland, Paris this week, and our 30 reasons to visit Disneyland, Paris, the Walt Disney Studios, Disney Village, and Resorts.

We'll look at its unique experiences, thrilling and chilling sides, aesthetics, and some of our overall favorites. And because I want you to experience Disneyland Paris as well, don't forget about our very special, magical vacation for four to Disneyland Paris Giveaway going on now until June 25th. It's easy to enter for a chance to win a four day, three night stay at the four star Disney's Hotel in New York.

The art of Marvel. Four tickets for four days for four people. Valid in the two Disney parks, food vouchers for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and many more epic surprises. It is the chance to win the trip of a lifetime, and it's easy to enter. Just visit instagram.com/lu ello. Look for the giveaway post, and you can also find full details, terms and conditions@wwradio.com slash dlp giveaway.

And speaking of giveaways and prizes, well, it's not a trip to Disneyland Paris. Stay tuned for our Disney trivia question of the week where you can enter to win a Disney prize package and more updates at the end of the show. And we're gonna get right into part two of our 30 reasons to visit Disneyland Paris.

And if you like what you hear, please share the show and tell a friend. So sit back. Relax and enjoy this week's episode of the WW Radio Show.

Let's move, move on. Let's move. I wanna move forward, but I wanna move back because I, I wanna, I wanna quickly mention, we were talking about adventure land and got sidetracked into fantasy land and I think Pirates of the Caribbean, uh, actually bears mentioning here, and when we talk about pirates, if you've been to the other overseas park, there is a pirates which sort of outs shines all others, which is in Shanghai, however, This pirate.

And, and the reason why I mentioned here is because it's different than the others in terms of storytelling because here you go forward in time instead of going backwards in time. If you pay close attention to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, the first thing you see are the skeletons. And you go back in time into the pirate battles and, and the pirate adventures Here, you see the skeletons first and then go back in time as you go back down the waterfall.

Um, and there are unique to this version scenes, uh, here in, in a storyline that I think makes a little bit more. Logical sense, um, as you pass, you know, and then again, you pass the Blue Lagoon restaurant and you have the, the fighting pirates and the soldiers, and you go back down the waterfall and then you arrive in Dead Man's Cove in the presence, and you sort of see what became of some of the pirates, including Captain Jack.

And then you, when you come out, it almost makes more sense because you've gone through this journey of the world of pirates, and then you enter on the dock where, you know, the talking skull is there and then you're in Adventureland proper. Um, I, I really, really like the storytelling and some of the additional scenes in this version of pirates.

Jeremiah Good: Yeah. This was the first time that they could go in and actually build the pirate story. Um, Disneyland, of course, was built into an area. That was already built. Walt Disney World was shoehorned in there because everybody demanded it. Tokyo Disneyland was just, Hey, we're gonna take the exact versions of Disneyland and Disneyland, Paris or Disney and Walt Disney World, and kind of mashed 'em together to make the same type of attraction.

This was, we are going to build our own attraction. We are going to tell the story as it should be told. Um, famously, Tony Baxter and Mark Davis had beef. Uh, I think that story goes way back to the early days, and this, I felt was Tony Baxter going, Hey Mark, here is your story as you wanted it told with the skeletons in the right place.

Uh, I mean some of the, the highlights, the dueling pirates, which was the first of its kind there, and one of the things that we all seem to forget it in this day and age is, When you were up during the battle, there's a pirate swinging overhead that that was the first animatronic, animatronic. I'm doing air quotes, um, that would swing over your head.

And I forgot all about that. When I was growing up and hearing the stories of Disneyland Paris, that was one of the coolest things I ever wanted to see. And it wasn't until I was sitting on the boat and I look up and I see this pirate just kind of swinging back and forth. I was like, oh, that was so cool.

But yeah, this pirate of the Caribbean, is it as it is the best truest pirates of the Caribbean. Agree. I

Marion Mongello: really liked that. I was un I was, I was able to, I. To follow the story of what was happening, which I hadn't been able to do in the Walt Disney world, uh, version. And I, I do love be before going to Paris.

The one in California had been my favorite pirates, but this one definitely takes the cake because it kind of takes the scenes that we already love and reorders them in a way that makes more sense. Um, as you mentioned before, it, it kind of takes you through, you're a part of this story and you're kind of watching it at the same time, which I think is really cool.

And at the end it can combines in, I mean, to me it's, how I saw it is you kind of take this journey from the top of a fort to ground level to below ground level, um, and it's sort of a visual stories you're able to follow. And at the end, they do the Disney World version of Cap Jack in the. Jewels and the whatever, but really open it up, which I appreciated a lot visually, cuz you're able to go around the scene, you get to take in a lot more detail.

Um, which I thought was really cool. And it's definitely also more thrilling. It's, it has some of those thrill ride elements more than the ones that I'm used to. The, I, if I remember correctly, there's more than one drop and it's like an actual drop, which I thought was kind of cool.

Beci Mahnken: Yeah, I, I definitely, I, I think this pirates is my second favorite now.

It just kind of moved out the Disneyland pirates down to third place, which I hate saying that, but it does, it has more thrilling elements and it, to me it is more visual. Um, I, I think that it's, uh, it's definitely worth. Writing four or five times if you can do it. Because again, it's, it's one of those where your head is turning around on an axis because you're trying to see everything and you're not gonna get every single detail until you look in different locations and sometimes looking behind you.

Um, which is really bad when you're going down a waterfall and you get completely wet. But I, I think that again, this edges out the Disneyland pirates for me ever so slightly again, another reason we have to go back

Lou Mongello: one more reason. This is 11 to 17. Yeah. 19. I don't know what number. We've completely lost track of numbers 28.

It doesn't matter. Um, and it's interest. Notice that when we're talking about a lot of these things, we're not necessarily, this is one of the few incidents we're talking about, a specific attraction. Cuz I wanna go to the aesthetic of discovery land, which I think is one of the smartest. Land, certainly from a quote unquote, you know, the futuristic land because it solves the tomorrow land conundrum, right?

It solves the, to tomorrow land being dated problem with this idea of the retro future, right? So Disney is faced with this challenge. How do we create something that doesn't date itself quickly, and also can maybe tie into some of the other areas of the park? One, they didn't want the French to be like, well, you're just giving us another clone of Disneyland.

And I think Eisner wanted to build something that was a little bit different and, and start with something fresh, but was inspired by the concept of Discovery Bay, which was an abandoned concept for Disneyland. And that's why they had things like The Visionary, which, uh, obviously is, is no longer. There.

But if you look in these, this, this neon and, and bronze and sort of antique, some might call it steampunk type aesthetic, if you look and see there are different areas represented with different themes. So if you look at the orbit, it, it takes its inspiration from the Renaissance, um, artists and inventors like, uh, da Vinci, the Space Mountain and the Nautilus and the Hyperion Cafe, which again is, is very clearly based on some of that Discovery Bay concept.

Art takes more inspiration from Jules Verne and that that Victorian science fiction era, right island at, at the top of the world where La Visionary was, was the art deco of the twenties and the, the, the thirties. The opia is based on some of that. Reagan type, gothic of the fifties and sixties. And where Star Tours is, is more of a more modern look at sci-fi.

If you go into the back of, of, of Discovery Land, it's the present sort of version of futurism, right? It's, it's minimalist, it's industrial, it's, it's futuristic and very sort of like, not inspired directly by Star Wars, but some of the aesthetic that we had from the seventies and eighties, um, visions of the future.

So I think that there's a great, not single story, but multiple genres and time periods that are represented here in a land that aesthetics, the aesthetics blend per perfectly, not just within the confines of discovery land, but as they expand out, like we said earlier, into even the stage, which has some of those, uh, bronze and, and, and, uh, elements.

You know, the raw, the, the bronze and metal elements to it, right next to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Jeremiah Good: So I need that in a brochure because as much as I love Discovery Land, to me it, it, it was a mishmash. Um, I never looked at it like the eras and, you know, the futuristics all put together. Uh, I love Discovery Land, Nautilus.

Uh, I would love, love, love, love. If I could go back in time to the heyday when it was still Discovery Mountain, space Mountain, where it wasn't this horrible Star Wars overlay that just kneels on a chalkboard that overlay for me, uh, the Buzz Light ear attraction, which is exactly a clone of Disneyland. Um, you know, I understand.

As with every attraction needs to move forward. But there are times where I look at that and go, that was the, Hey, we need, we need the quantity over the quality. But it is a beautiful land. When you put on blinders and block out some of the things like the buzz light, ear mass, neon green, white, and purple display, um, star tours fits very well in that back area.

But then right next to you have Mickey's fill her magic, which again was a, Hey, we, we need something instead of Captain Neo. We need to throw that in there. But I loved the aesthetics of the land, the, the feel and. I didn't get a chance to go to Disneyland Paris before I saw the, the bastardized version that ended up at Disneyland.

So, to me, I, I compare things to Disneyland as opposed to where I should be. This is the work of art. Disneyland was the failure. Um, and I only say that because it, it's been admitted as a failure. Uh, but yeah, it, you know, you look at the things as you walk in the rock work, the detail. The Hyperion Cafe, for me, is the most amazing.

It's just a quick service. I mean, they have a stage, I don't know what they were doing when you guys were there, but they were showing the Mickey Mouse shorts, which felt completely out of place. But you walk in under the Hyperion air ship and it, the details are all still there. It, it's just kind of, you know, sadly, some of it's lost.

It's, it's

Lou Mongello: direction. Yeah, we walked in and we're surprised, like, you know, again, Marion coming from the, the stage background, you don't realize that this quick service restaurant is, is part of this cavernous, very modern, like, you know, full stage theater that obviously once housed, uh, you know, and how's this?

Go ahead.

Marion Mongello: Yeah, I, I, when I walked in, I had a very interesting reaction, cuz to me that's just, it was an anomaly to me. Yeah. To see such a, I mean, you could tell their technology was fairly new. I wouldn't say it was brand, I wouldn't say it's Disney's standard now of just from what I've observed, what they use.

Currently on their, in their stage productions. But you could tell it wasn't like from when the park opened. And after doing a little bit of research, that particular venue, which is huge and gorgeous, um, used to, they had a kind of, I forget the name of it now. Um, they had like a kind of disco e rock thing that was meant to appeal to teens and the younger, not younger audience, not like kids, but like that sort of middle age.

Um, but since that, that kind of didn't do well. So they pivoted to a Lion King, um, show. They had a Mulan show in there. They had a few other sort of known and loved safe things in that theater. But ultimately, um, ended up being the. Jedi Training Academy stage for a time. So they just left the Lion King Rock work.

Mm-hmm. And now it does still have those, uh, Mickey Mouse shorts, which I also was like, okay, so this is like the pre-show, like people are sitting lining up. There's gonna be something I would like, what I would give to see something on that stage cuz it's gorgeous. Um, and the, the themeing of the actual venue that's now the quick service restaurant is super, super interesting.

I remember you said it, it was like old concept art for something that I don't fully understand, but um, on a fully cosmetic level. Um, I really, really loved it and I, I kind of thought it was a shame that it wasn't being used for a stage production. But we'll get into the spectacular stage production that I do love, I guess later.

Um, but from a purely cosmetic standpoint, I am a huge, huge fan in of the Discovery Land aesthetic. I think that, It does age so much better. I think the jewel toned, mixed metal antique look sort of lends itself to eventually, I hope that they do expand on that idea and they do create, I mean, I'd love to see a new attraction with that idea, even if it's something original.

Um, cause I think it's a really smart concept. I personally love the cue and the concept for Space Mountain there so much more than the Tomorrow Land One. Personally, the Star Wars doesn't really, it's not my thing. Um, but from a just totally like photogenic standpoint, it bleeds better into fantasy land and the castle and it just looks, it looks really nice.

I love it.

Lou Mongello: So we were talking earlier about, um, Disneyland, pa, I think Disneyland Paris appeals to. Different people with different interests in whether it's adults and kids. And one of the things that I, I noticed too, and I think is a reason to visit as well, is if you are a, if you are a rollercoaster enthusiast, I.

Uh, Disneyland. Paris has not one, not two, not three. Disneyland. Paris has a lot of different rollercoasters. Avengers Assemble Flight Force, which is the fastest ride at Disneyland, Paris, which is in the back lot of Walt Disney Studios Park in the new, uh, Avengers campus. We just mentioned Star Wars, hyperspace Mountain, Indiana Jones, and the Temple of Per Temple of Peril crushes Coaster, um, which we didn't get a chance to ride, but Becky, when we were the, I listen, there was only so much time, um, uh, big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Um, and we also didn't get a chance to do the, uh, the RC Racer in Toy Story Land. But if you are, uh, in, in, in the studios. But if you are a Rollercoaster fan, and, and, um, I love their big thunder here, by the way, too.

Jeremiah Good: Yeah. Their big thunder is by far, you know, Big thunder in almost every other Disney Park is kind of a, Hey, we'll hit it when we do that one in Disneyland.

Paris is a rope drop. Um, the cue the attraction because you go under the water, you get amazing views of frontier land. That one is one that I will always rush to. Um, and I know everybody else will have an addition for the big thunder, but I do have to talk about one of the coasters you left off really quick.

The Casey Jr. Train. That is a coaster,

Lou Mongello: I guess. Yeah, I mean I have it as a separate entry, but I guess

Marion Mongello: it's a coaster. It's like a, it's like a barnstormer. Mm-hmm. Kinda but like a scenic barnstormer. So

Lou Mongello: Wait, Becky, have you Actually, I also agree, Becky, have you actually ridden it here? Cuz it's different than Casey Jr.

In Disneyland?

Beci Mahnken: No, I didn't get a chance to

Lou Mongello: read it. So it's, yeah, so it is really a coaster cuz it's sort of like, you're right, it's like a barnstormer.

Jeremiah Good: Yeah, and Casey Jr. In Disneyland was originally designed to be the original coaster for Disneyland, but they could never get it all together. So when they built it a few years after the park opened Paris, they said, Hey, we are gonna make it more of a barnstormer type coaster to the point where if you look at the mechanics of it as you're coming up, It is a coaster track It, it has the break zones, it has everything.

But again, it goes around story Blan. I am not trying the French names either, Lou. Um, so it gives you a great view. And actually you go around Cinderella Castle, which is unique there and you get to see down into Sobek Klan, which judging by what you've said so far, Lou, I'm guessing you didn't do that either, because you are

Lou Mongello: a failure.

It's on, it is. Excuse me sir. It is a separate entrance cuz we loved it that much. Okay.

Jeremiah Good: Making sure because that one is one of my favorites. Okay, back to Big Thunder, sorry.

Lou Mongello: That's it. That's all I had was just the, just the, the, the rollercoasters. Um, alright, we can, we can move on Becky, now you have to go and see.

Um, you're gonna have to go and ride Casey Jr. With children. It's gonna be awesome. Great. I'll go

Jeremiah Good: live. It's gonna be perfect. Um, I ride it without the children too. Becky.

Lou Mongello: Alright, I'm, I want to move on. This is really gonna be a twofer and I'll explain the second part of it. And Marion the Lion King rhythm of the pride lands.

Maybe some of the best 30 minutes that you spend at Disneyland. Paris, uh, Marion. I will you, I have not seen you react and respond to something the way that you did this show.

Marion Mongello: So I did not expect it. I did not expect to have the reaction to the show that I, I did. So the first day we went, we realized it was probably smart to get the reserve a seat ticket, which I don't remember how much it was, but you can, you skipped the line basically, and the line was really long bled into the other lands long.

Um, and so we're like, okay, it must be something worth noting. So we went and it was a, an interesting theater. Um, was not in the round like the traditional line king here. It was sort of like, it was a very, oh, how do I describe this? It was just a regular Persian stage, I guess. Um, and. After the quite long, uh, audience warmup that they did, which did last a lot longer than I was expecting.

I was very confused. Um, they, when they opened the curtain, this stage was massive and like outstanding. Um, I didn't expect, I I, I don't wanna spoil all of like the cool, uh, stage Mufasa die. They ha Wow. Don't say that. It's a spoiler. Um, spoiler. Yeah. Seriously. Um, but see, the thing is he does, but in a different way.

They took the Lion King story and like the amount of times that you've seen Lion King retold, you haven't seen it retold this way. I, they almost. Concerted it a little bit, made it into a concert, and they, and they did it still maintaining the story. They did it revamping the characters through costume.

It was very, it, it, I was, I don't, I don't even have the words to describe it. Um, it was incredibly well done. The dancing was magnificent and the tricks are not the same ones that you see in the Festival of the Lion King in Disney World. They had these spiral things. They didn't have silks, they had these, the best way I could describe it is like the pencil in Cirque Soleil.

Um, it was, it was really, really magnificent. I was a huge fan. Their lighting rig, I won't get into the, the. Lighting ring, technical terms. I was very impressed by their lighting. They kind of integrating the, the new technology of the, the operator list spots, which I never liked, but they did it in a really great way.

There was so many lights in this show, I could not believe it. Um, And some of their effects were really spectacular. The dance numbers were creative. The costumes were unlike things I'd seen before where they're sort of modernized and they're, it's almost as if they were Disney, bounding the characters, but in a very tasteful way.

Um, interesting. Yeah. I I, I, have you not seen it? Mm-hmm. I haven't. Yeah. It was so good. It was, there was an, there was so much more automation than I expected. This to me could have been a Broadway level production, but it's included with your park admission. Like I was, I. I was floored. I was truly floored.


Lou Mongello: it's Festival, the Lion King Meets Lion King on Broadway meets Cirque de Soleil with some additional, like, I love the percussionists, uh, and the audio too. See, and the, the, this, this has this amazing 360 degree audio technology, which was like, like only like the third or fourth theater to ever have it in there.

So the sounds in this space were spectacular as well.

Marion Mongello: See, I wouldn't even say though that it's a cross between all of those things to me, I do not think that's a fair judgment to say. I think that this is different. This is something that you haven't seen before. It's the songs that you love with some of the Broadway songs.

Um, but it, it's told in a very different. Way, well, I say

Lou Mongello: I did a Lion King because there's, there's dancers and acrobats, and, and that's where sort of some of the, the, the circ element comes in. So it's not just like a Broadway show and it's not sort of the theater in the round with Festival of The Lion King, but has some of those performative elements and also has a little bit of, like you said, the acrobatics from something like Cirque du Soleil.

Marion Mongello: Yeah, my jaw was on the floor.

Jeremiah Good: It was great. It was an amazing show. Uh, sadly I go into everything thinking about work, so I sat there and videoed, but there were definitely times where I could just go, like I, I would just be in awe. It, it is a beautiful show. Uh, definitely Disneyland, Paris. Ups the game when it comes to entertainment.

They, they do a great job. I don't know if you're gonna talk about the street hub show that I'm not gonna try to mispronounce in French. Uh, but that is by far one of my all time favorite things. But this Lion King show, as Marian was saying, the line was ridiculous when we went. We, uh, had special v i p seating, so we had the great view, but to watch the line and people would be in line for the next show already waiting for the hour and a half in between shows because it is that good.


Lou Mongello: brings me to the second part of this show. When we went there, the line was, Incredibly long, and we learned about something called Secure Your Seat, where you can purchase a seat for the show. And what I like about this is you pick your time, you pick the show that you want to go to, you arrive, you know, early, you skip the entire line, you get admitted into the theater first.

So you get reserved seating in a reserved seating area. You pick your seat where, however low or high you want to be at. Marion, I think it was what, $15 or so per person it was

Marion Mongello: around there. Something like that. That it was the best. And if you're,

Lou Mongello: yeah, it was the best money we spent.

Marion Mongello: If you're a live entertainment person, it's something I would definitely consider.

Um, Because it, we did get pretty great seats also. So, and I

Lou Mongello: did, um, would, it's, I actually went live from here, so if you go, I'll link to it in the show notes. But if you go to, um, facebook.com/wdw radio, there should be the video in there from, um, the rhythm of, of the Pride Lands Show. Alright. I wanna start moving at a little bit of a faster pace because I said it wasn't gonna be a three hour show and we're approaching a two hour show.

Um, we mentioned the storybook land canal, the storybook canal boats. I will not try and pronounce it, but I did actually break this out as a separate entry because I really like this. Uh, it was slightly different than the Disneyland version in that there's no tour guide. You have no live cast member narrating the story, but you have like beautiful landscaping and charming music and these.

Very detailed, uh, replicated settings and models using a scale of like one inch to one foot that are, are painstakingly detailed. Um, and it's seen from, uh, seven Dwarfs, um, the, the gingerbread house, uh, Rapunzel's Tower from Tangled, the old mill, little Mermaid, the Greek temple in Mount Olympus from Fantasia Peter.

And the Wolf Night on bald mountain scene from Fantasia with Cher Naba was spectacular. And you go in your, are swallowed into the cave of Wonders and, and Aba and there's Jules and, and Abu is in there Swording the Stone Bell's village. And the surprise was the Emerald City in Witch's Castle from the Wizard of Oz and returned to Oz.

But I, I think storybook land, canal boats is, it, is, it's a, I think it's a must do at Disneyland. Paris. I think the

Marion Mongello: only thing I, oops, sorry. Go ahead. No, you go ahead. The only thing I wanted to add that I thought was, um, interesting is unlike the one in, uh, Disneyland, this one has miniature characters in some of the scenes, which was a detail that, that was very cool.

That's all I have to say about that.

Jeremiah Good: Yeah. This is one of the attractions that I, again, I was very excited for, and when I finally made it over there, when you hit night on Bald Mountain, Cherna Bogs, one of my favorite characters, that that sequence, the, the entire city or town is right there and everything leading up to the final part I was just in awe of.

And then all of a sudden you see the Emerald City, um, and this is the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz books, which, okay, that's great. But the fact that the Baroque hoe down is playing as you come up to the Emerald City just blew my mind. I got off and yelled at my friend who had been on it. He is like, I, why didn't you tell me that?

I'd have to suffer through the electric white parade on this attraction one more time. But yeah, that, that is a must do.

Lou Mongello: And you know what, I, I shouldn't, I shouldn't have jumped ahead with this. When we were talking about the Skip the Line Pass it, it actually made me think about something else that was on my list and a reason to go.

And a, a really good tip for when you go, instead of. Free Fast passes that were available in in Paris up to about 2021 Disneyland. Paris has something called Disney Premier Access, which is, it's available for purchase on the website and the app, which is is a little bit different than some of the other iterations of Fast Pass Lightning Lane, genie Plus, call it whatever you will, because it allows you to walk onto an attraction.

Without any planning ahead of time. There's two different types of passes. There's a Premier Access Ultimate, which allows you to ride each one of the 15 different attractions one time whenever you choose. Um, and these range from about $90 per person to about $120 or Euros per person. There's also the Premier Access one, which is a one-time pass for a single attraction, and you can buy it for whichever attraction.

That you want. So, um, the Premier Access one gives you all the attractions. The other one lets you purchase it individually. You don't have to worry about choosing a time slot. Um, you can, you can also, depending if you're going on it for a number of days, you can actually see what the cost of the Accesss is.

So you might wanna be able to choose a day that is, um, cheaper if you want, and you can stack, right? So if you wanna do a Premier Access Ultimate Pass and then do Premier Access, do uh, premier Access one for any additional attractions, you can do that too. We had it Becky, when we went. We did it again this time when I was with Marian.

Um, it, it. The benefits of being able to skip the queue. Uh, if you have young kids being able to ride on demand, like whenever you choose helps you make the most of limited time. It's a great ride selection. You can stack it with extra magic hours if you're staying at a resort. Um, I think I felt it was very, very, very well worth the money.

I, it's

Beci Mahnken: a great addition. I love the way that they do this on the, on the, uh, premier Access one. And the one thing I just wanna add, Lou, is that if you're doing a package, if you buy a hotel package and tickets, you can actually add it before Okay. You don't have to use the app, you don't have to do it day of, you can actually add it to your package.

So it's all set up for you

Jeremiah Good: when you get there. Yeah, I, I had a chance cause I went for the D 23 event for the 30th and that was added onto the package. Um, it, it is a great way to make the most of a short amount of time. Um, Becky, I, I'm not trying to say don't do this. But one of the things that I have learned is Disneyland.

Paris is very much a local park. Um, so if you go during the middle of the week, there are times where there is no line for anything. So the, the cost can be good and can can no matter what. If you wanna make the most of your time, do the premier access, that is the best thing you can do.

Beci Mahnken: You're waiting for my rebuttal, right?

Lou Mongello: Is that No, I saw your face of,

Beci Mahnken: but no, it, it is No. A good thing is though, is it? Yeah, you're right. But it's like the other, it's like Disneyland in a way, which is a local park, but you can't really, um, predict Yes, exactly what's gonna happen. So if you're leaving from the US and you've got this, this, uh, plan to go to Disneyland, Paris, Personally, I'm that person that I would rather not chance it, um, just add it into the package.

Don't even think about it. It's part of, of your experience. And then you could just walk on past everybody who's waiting. Yeah. Or nobody who's waiting. It's just totally at your, uh, at your whim. And I kind of wish that we had, you know, when we were there, um, Lou, we wanted to go back on Phantom Manor and the line was incredibly long and we couldn't wait that long.

And we only were able to go once that trip because that's all we had access for. So I, I just would say don't leave it to chance when it's your vacation. Just package it in, have it ready for

Jeremiah Good: you if you need it. Yeah. And Becky and everybody over at m e I travel are the best people. They know all the answers.

Um, I. I love you, man. Definitely. Uh, when I went, as I said, I did one day without and one day with, and that one day with was so relaxing as opposed to the Yeah, exactly. Um, you know, checking the line wait times for everything. So make sure you go through somebody who is experienced when you're booking these vacations as always.

And, uh, Becky and her team definitely know what they're doing

Lou Mongello: well and the nice thing too is we were able to, to use it, you know, we use it for phantom matter early in the day, and then we went back at night when there was no line, you know, so you can, you can get up to the front and see if there's a five minute wait or a 55 minute wait, and then determine if you want to use it or save it for something else.

Um, alright. Quickly going through, the other thing I wanted to mention, I, I was gonna mention Fantasy land as a whole. I really liked the fantasy land here, but I really, really loved, uh, the. The newly renovated, it's a small world. Uh, Becky, we had missed it when we were there. It had just reopened on May 5th.

The facade, the figures, the interior are absolutely gorge. It is. I I think it is far and away the most beautiful small world of, of any of the small worlds worldwide. Um, there are new figures, um, including some figures, um, using in, in in wheelchairs and things like that. And even that finale scene is spectacular when you sort of go in, into the, into the white room and, and the finale scene.

But Marion, you and I said the same thing, like we were really, really, really impressed with the, the, the small world area, the exterior, the interior, like every part of it.

Marion Mongello: Yeah, so going along with what you said about the fantasy land, the world building specifically in that land was really spectacular.

Even with the colors, it sort of bled through the entire land. Created a really beautiful, just really beautiful finish on everything. Um, and that specifically was true for small world, which had the, the pinks and the, the blues of similarly, I guess more to the California one cuz our small world doesn't really have that pretty exterior here.

Um, but. I'd say for inside it, it definitely helped that it had just been re renovated. So things were pristine, new coats of paint on everything. The carpets were vacuumed. There was no dust, like it was practically shimmering. Um, but I have to say, like it was just, it was first really cool to see America, um, in the small world, cuz obviously we don't really see it like that, uh, in the States.

So seeing like the Hollywood sign and stuff like the Key American things I thought was really funny. Um, but just all in all it was, it, it's definitely is my favorite small world there. And the, the area they. That they had just finished, um, outside where they had the new Italian restaurant, the new bathrooms, which they were my favorite bathrooms in Disneyland.

I highly recommend that the

Jeremiah Good: conversation, we'd

Lou Mongello: have to

Marion Mongello: have one. So Booth the best? Yes, the best bathrooms, I think in Disneyland, in Paris were those ones brand new. Um, and it said that there was a gelato place. It wasn't open when we went, but I believe that there is supposed to be one there. Um, I really loved just that whole section of the park.

It's kind of tucked away in hidden, like a lot of parts of Disneyland, Paris, you have to check out a map to really see the little nooks and crannies, but very cool. Yeah,

Jeremiah Good: it's a small world. Uh, for me, the first time I went, it was closed. And then they had just reopened it the second time. And again, it was closed just cuz I was there a few weeks before you.

But that I grew up going to its small world in California. So that was taking the small world in California and expanding it even more. Uh, I do also love the America section. It was one of those things that always made me laugh of how glitzy and glamorous it was. And then I was like, I'm going home to sit in the Hollywood Hills.

Yeah, no. Um, but that is one of those beautiful attractions that as, as you know, Disney Park fans, we may go, oh, it's just, it's a small world. There is not a single attraction at Disneyland Parish. You should go, oh, I've been on this. I don't need to because they take everything to the next level.

Lou Mongello: So next on my list, and you're, you may be saying why has it taken him so long to get here is, I think the first time we're gonna mention food and it's, it's almost less what you eat as opposed to where, because waltz, an American restaurant is reason to go and visit.

And I think it's absolutely, it, it's, it's a must, must do At Disneyland Paris, it's, it's, it's described as six magical worlds in one re restaurant. And you might not necessarily understand what that means, but it is so cuisine wise, it's contemporary American cuisine with a little bit of European influences and a little bit of, uh, and a lot of Walt influences.

But in terms of, it's. Sort of set against the backdrop of some of Walt's finest moments in rooms themed to reflect the different worlds of Disneyland Park. So you enter the lobby, you get, you go up these steps to these, or take the elevator of framed images of Walt, and you see that there is a fantasy land room, an adventure land room, a discovery land room, which I loved with the, the Jules Vern influence on discovery land and illustrations from some of his books.

And this beautiful fireplace with this golden model of the Nautilus. There's a smaller Disneyland hotel room, there's a Grand Canyon room and a frontier land themed room. Um, there's a special 30th anniversary menu going on right now, but obviously the, the. For me, there was like nothing else that I would choose other than Walt's Chili.

Um, but each of the menu items has a story behind it and was inspired by Walt or by Lillian. And like every other table service restaurants in Disneyland, Paris, all of the Disneyland Paris table serve restaurants are prefixed, which means they have a set price for a starter main course in dessert. And usually there's another one that has one with wine included.

This was about 55 euros or so. Mary. We went for dinner, right? We went for dinner one night. Uh, we were able to get a reservation, and I just, I just love the, the tribute to Walt, the theming, the photographs, the, the artifacts that are in there. Um, And Becky, I know we had, we had gone when we first visited Disneyland Paris, um, a couple of months ago.


Beci Mahnken: love this place. It is like one of the must dos for me is, is Walt's restaurant, um, with all of the in history on the walls and the bust of Walt when you walk in. And, um, it just feels really homey and okay. I know a lot of people are like, eh, the menu. I love the menu. I thought it was fanciful and fun to do, do the deconstructed chili, which was really cool to play with.

And, um, and the, uh, the chicken pot pie appetizer. I loved that. I, I kinda looked up and said, could I have this Also, could, could you bring me four of these

Lou Mongello: as my, my name Mickey shaped chicken pot pie?

Beci Mahnken: Yes, exactly. It was fun. Um, I. I really enjoyed this restaurant. It's the place that I would go back over and over and over again.

And, and one thing, as you're talking about food, I do wanna mention too, uh, as a side that Disneyland, Paris does have great dining plans that you can add into your packages as well. They have what they call the breakfast plan, the half board plan, and the full board plan. And what that means, uh, is a European terminology.

A half board means breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And a full board means breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So if you're looking at packages, um, these can be added to your package and in include, uh, these, um, restaurants, the sit down restaurants, and the quick service restaurants and so forth. So it really does have a, a great approach to dining in, in the parks, which can be used of course at the, um, hotels as well, but out of them, waltz with the chicken pot pie all day long.

Jeremiah Good: Bring it on. Yeah, I. Ate at Walt's this last visit for my first time, and it actually is because of your guys' visit The first time after the a b D trip. I looked at that and I was like, I need to get in there. Uh, luckily I was set in the Frontier Land area, which is the back corner, but I have pictures of every single room, every single little detail because it, it is a tribute to the park.

It is everything you love in one space. Uh, I, the food was a great, the view, we sat right next to the window so we could look out and watch as the parade went by, which was really amazing. The service was great. Uh, I don't if you make it before the end of this anniversary. Hopefully they still have it, but they had a 30th anniversary Waltz restaurant pin.

Mm-hmm. That the person I was dining with, and I, without a doubt, before we even put it, our was like, we want one of these pins. And they're not tradable. They're not, you know, it, it's just, it is such a classic little piece of history for those who go there. I had

Beci Mahnken: to have one. I was the same way when I, I think we sat down and there was a little flyer on the mm-hmm.

On the table is like the one of these, uh, that's, I'll worry about what I'm eating later. I just need that pen. Yeah.

Marion Mongello: I have to say that the view specifically and just like the decorations alone are a reason to visit. To me it was very reminiscent of the club 33, um, vibe in terms of quality of service, um, and just sort of like that old timey, cool Victorian era, I guess.

Yeah. Yeah, exactly. And, and. While you were going around taking a picture of like, this was Walt's toothpick or whatever, I thought that the, me as like an art student? No. Genuinely, like, you know, this was Walt's chili can idea anyway. Um, I have to say as an artsy person, the use of color and pattern in this restaurant.

Mm-hmm. That was all I took pictures of. I created an album on my phone. Called like cool patterns because they're wallpapers, they're carpeting, all of that. I know I sound probably crazy to you right now, but I literally went up and took close up. That's my version of Walt's toothpick was the cool wallpapers.

Um, like the cool, uh, different just pretty things. It's, and, and each room, if you look up at the ceiling, the way that the ceiling is constructed, the different light fixtures, those mm-hmm. Those little details, that's what I appreciate is the attention to detail and, and commitment to theme in each one of the different

Lou Mongello: rooms.

Mar and I love that. And don't you think it would be a good idea if Marion wrote like a little blog post about that and shared her pictures so I can post 'em on the site? Wouldn't that be curious? You

Marion Mongello: never asked.

Lou Mongello: I just, well, cause I just, so how would I know that? Well, because now you just told me, so I will, and Karen,

Jeremiah Good: you can call it Walt's toothpick.

Beci Mahnken: Yeah,

Marion Mongello: exactly. Well, I actually toothpick, I titled the album already, the Patterns of Paris, and I took the pictures of the patterns throughout. Wow. Like, I listen. Ok.

Lou Mongello: I can call the one's Stay tuned for Marianne's first blog post coming soon. You know what it

Beci Mahnken: reminded me of? It just kind of hit me, um, club 33 in, in Tokyo.


Lou Mongello: yeah. Oh yeah, yeah.

Beci Mahnken: The colors, the, the design. It really does look a lot

Lou Mongello: like that. Becky was, was kind enough to take me

Marion Mongello: to me connecting the dots

Beci Mahnken: for you all. I know. I was like, wait, but I don't, I don't remember

Marion Mongello: seeing, I haven't even been there,

Beci Mahnken: so I haven't seen a toothpick in, in there. So, um, maybe we are missing

Lou Mongello: something.

Okay. Wait, I, I, listen, we're off the rails now. Okay.

Jeremiah Good: Yeah. You got like 15 minutes. Well, the lou, while

Lou Mongello: your toothpick. All right, so let's, we're gonna, we're gonna go, we're gonna speed things up a little bit, what we're talking about. Dining tooth. I think the other, my favorite dining experience in, in.

Disneyland. Paris. No, you're going Was Pi Kitchen? Yep. Hands down pi. Hands down. Kitchen is some of the best dining you'll have in park. Anywhere is the most fun. And Disney. Like take this inspiration and put it on Disney Cruise line. Yes, because it is a buffet. It's a huge buffet. It is a massive, massive buffet.

But in the idea of PIM test kitchen from, from the films, things are, some things are super, super tiny and they have other things that are super huge. So you can get this mini, itty teeny beat, like little two inch hotdog right next to this giant, like two foot long hotdog that they cut into pieces.

There's mini sliders and giant hamburgers. More importantly, the food was delicious. It was like,

Beci Mahnken: it's like four times bigger than your head,

Jeremiah Good: which, and they bring the giant pretzel as an appetizer and it, it really was the best dining experience that I had over there. Yeah. Yeah.

Marion Mongello: And it was, Dad's first. You know, he had never heard of a Madeline Cookie in his whole life.

Did not know what a Madeline cookie was, and they had the tiny Madeleines and he had, I was like, dad, try this. And he's like, what's that? Never heard of him. And he had his first one in France at, I don't know what age. I know.

Lou Mongello: Yeah. There you go. You uncultured swine. I know. All right.

Marion Mongello: Yes, the mini Madeline's were the best thing there.

Just saying

Lou Mongello: no there. A lot of good stuff there. The chicken wings were good. The slider was delicious. The sliders were great. Jambalaya was really good. The desserts,

Jeremiah Good: the, the Oreo slices.

Lou Mongello: Yeah. It was all so good. Really, really good. Great. I'm hungry now. One of the things that I really like, I. I was blown away and maybe I was caught up in the moment.

And, and I, and I know I try and avoid like relative hyperbole when I can, but possibly the best of the, best of the best nighttime shows takes place at Disneyland Paris, you, where you get not one, but two. The Disney D Light Show takes place in the evening in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle is by all definitions, the, the, the word unique because it features hundreds of choreographed Dr.

Drones in the sky that are synchronized in this beautiful ballet to some of your favorite Disney songs and creates patterns and shapes in the sky over the castle. Using elements of the castle. It is, it is breathtaking and awe inspiring. And, and I'm being like, yeah,

Jeremiah Good: yeah. See, I'm gonna, I'm gonna jump off that really quick.

The D light is amazing, but again, when we all go next year, we have to go. When Avengers Power, the Night is going on over at Walt Disney Studios where they bring Spider-Man to life with drones. Yeah. They have cap shield fly out. That show was the, the best show I've ever seen. Disney Delight. Those drones brought a tear to my eye when they do the old, uh, comet shot over the castle slowly.

And it's just like, you know, we are living what used to be the opening of the Disney VHSs.

Lou Mongello: It's, yeah, it's, it's. It's incredible. It's, um, it's unique to, to anything that we've ever seen before. And that leads right into the Disney Dream Show, um, on the Castle, which look, we, we've seen projection shows, we've seen firework shows.

This one is special. It it is a true spectacle. And it's a story because Peter Pan's shadow guides you through Disney stories from past and present. But it includes everything. It's fireworks, it's projections, it's water, it's laser, it's music, it's light, it's fog effects, it's pyrotechnics, it is nothing short of breathtaking, right?

With the, the water displays, you know, are, are almost e evoke, you know, world of color type vibes. The colors are brilliant and beautiful and everything is co is is choreographed in this, in this. Well-balanced symphony, that is it. It hits on all the emotional notes,

Jeremiah Good: and Disney Dream is much like happily ever after here at Walt Disney World where it went away years ago, but it was such a fan favorite.

They just brought it back at the start of the, the 31st year of the park, um, that debuted that night, and it drew such a crowd from everywhere around because it is a favorite. It, it's one of the early projection shows. But like Lou said, the story is there. The music, the, the touching moments that tug on the heart are perfect for that.

Beci Mahnken: I've always loved how Disneyland Paris has woven the technology before any other parks. Uh, the projection shows that occurred or the, I started, I saw it for the very first time from my room in the Disneyland Hotel at three o'clock in the morning. They were testing the projections on the castle. It was ama.

I had never seen anything like that before. I just had heard, all of a sudden we heard music and heard stuff and woke up and shot out of bed at 3:00 AM and looked out the curtains and sure enough they were testing and it was like, wow, this is amazing technology. And I was, we were specifically asked not to post photos of it at the time, which was kind of interesting or, or to share photos.

Um, so I love to know. Uh, that when we saw drones used a few years ago, right over in, in Disney Springs, that excitement of, Hey, we should prob I we're looking forward to seeing what this can do later on seeing what they're doing with it in Disneyland. Paris has hope that maybe we'll see something like that come over to the States, but until then it's a must see.

It is mind blowing. It is jaw dropping it. You can't believe what you're seeing in front of you, and it's again, another reason to have

Lou Mongello: to go. Yeah. It's uh, even the selection of, of music and, and characters projections. It just, and

Beci Mahnken: how, like you're saying on the other side, how they wove in the water effects and the pyro effects for, from my old pyrotechnic days, that how they, uh, do that and weave them together, much like they do in world of color, it makes you stop and.

Really admire the technology that goes on behind it.

Lou Mongello: Yeah, I did. I broadcast those live as well. Again, if you go to facebook.com/ww radio, you can find those there. All right. Couple of things very, very quickly. I wanna go through, um, shopping. There is a lot of it. Uh, one of the reasons why I mentioned it, especially in Disneyland, Paris, is because the shopping is unique to each land.

Really, really well Themed shops, Mario, we spent a lot of time in that one shop in fantasy land that was themed after, uh, brave Little Taylor. Um, same thing with Willie, the Giant up in there. They also have the shopping service, um, where they will deliver, um, your packages either to the front of the park or to your hotel later on that night, which we took advantage of so we didn't have to walk around with them very quickly.

Any comments about shopping boys or girls?

Jeremiah Good: I love the shopping there. Like you said, there is so many good themes. Um, across from the shop you guys were talking about in Fantasyland, they have. The seven dwarf cottage built as a facade inside. So you walk in and it's just right there. Like that's one of the things I have to visit every time I go.

Marion Mongello: Fantasy land shops in particular, I think are very special with the, the theming. And then they have, uh, the, they, they theme the merchandise too. The shop specifically, which I think is very cool.

Lou Mongello: Um, I, I want to, I have to make sure we mention the, the resorts at Disneyland, Paris. Mm-hmm. Um, there are not one, not two, three, there are seven different themed resorts.

Um, and we won't go too far into this. Maybe Becky, this is something we could talk about again later on, sort of going through the best of the best of the resorts. But Disneyland Hotel, which is part of the park, is closed right now for a major remodeling until next year. But there's also the Disney Hotel, New York, the Art of Marvel.

Um, it's where Mary and I had stayed the new Newport Bay Club. Which is a nautical themed resort on the shores of Lake Disney. Again, about 10 minute walk to the parks, uh, Sequoia Lodge, um, great for young kids, is inspired by the National Parks Hotel. Cheyenne, about a 20 minute walk, which is a wild west sort of Pixar themed room.

The Hotel Santa Fe, based on the New Mexico Southwest style with some cars themed rooms, and the Disney Davy Crockett Ranch, which has no shuttle service. It's a 15 minute or so car ride, which has, uh, cabins with, with barbecues and sort of this outdoor fort wilderness type settings. There's also a number of partner hotels, which are all near the Disney parks as well.

They have extra magic hours. They have character meets great theming. Um, again, the, the shopping delivered to the, to the hotel. Really, really love the theming, and more importantly, the location of the, the resorts as well.

Beci Mahnken: I love that there's so much variety there, but it is within walking distance, so many, so you have the Deluxes resorts and a moderate resort and a kind of a value resort, no farther than 20 minute walk away.

I love that. And like you said, there are those other resorts that are on the outside. They do have, uh, lelija, which is about a 25 minute away, those like villas that are in the area as well. So if you do need more of a, a villa accommodations, that's there too. It's not a Disney resort, but it's one of the quote unquote good neighbors.

Um, but again, total variety and yeah, we should probably cover it sometime in more in depth, in more detail of the differences. Yeah.

Lou Mongello: Yeah. Because even in between where some of those partner hotels are and the village is, um, if you are a golfer, there's uh, a, a Disney golf course within a five minute, I think there's three nine hole courses.

Just within, uh, a few minutes of the parks. Um, couple of things I wanted to mention too. The Disneyland Paris app is really, really strong, like so intuitive, so easy to use. You can do everything right in and from the app, including when we were booking our, um, reserve seating for the Lion King Show. Um, I really, really was impressed at at the quality and the speed and the ease of use, especially for a first time visitor of the app.

Jeremiah Good: Yeah, I enjoyed the app quite a bit. Um, one thing that I have to hit on, and I'm sorry if this was on your list and you skipped it, the dream and shine brighter show. If you guys did not get a chance to, that, that is alone a reason to go. I watched it in three days, five times the music, which you can find on iTunes and Spotify is so inspirational and so moving.

Uh, my friend who was talking to me is like, so do you have an emotional attachment to it? By the end of my trip I would cry listening to it because it represents Disney and Disneyland Paris to me.

Lou Mongello: Um, a couple of things quickly. We had some, um, we really enjoyed some of the, the snacks that we had, the, the Cro Maller, and I really liked my, um, Nutella, Mickey Beignet from the cable car bake shop on Main Street, usa.

Um, anything else that I missed that you wanted to make sure we mention as a reason to go and visit Disneyland? Paris, uh,

Jeremiah Good: uh, Disneyland, Paris and Walt, the Disneyland Paris Resort as a whole. It seems to be in a new renaissance to try to build back up and do things. Uh, one of the things that I hope that at least Marion got to spend time looking at is the Gardens of Wonder around the hub.

That is just these kinetic sculptures that were just so beautiful and they had princesses and sidekicks and everything. And that's the thing they love to do is bring out new things for GE to, uh, to bring guests in. They never rest on their laurels, so there's always something changing. And to give a quick promotion for Becky, m e i trial is the best way to go because they know all the information and will always help you plan the best and know which hotel is best for you and your family.

Lou Mongello: Yeah, and I think to your point of, of the park, always. You get a sense that the park is, in a sense, in a state of continuous improvement, right? Mm-hmm. We especially see that over on the Walt Disney studio side of the park. There's a lot of transition that's happening there. Uh, I actually really liked the Disney Studio one building.

It's, it's a unique sort of entrance to the park because you don't sort of walk in and have this sort of grand reveal. The first thing you do is go into this largest, this large, um, sound stage. That, but, but what I liked about it is it sort of functions as the main street of the park with this. Unique Boulevard, which really is sort of the, the Boulevard of Dreams, right?

It has sort of facades fronting on the street on both sides with storefronts that represent, um, inspiration from of, of some of Hollywood's golden history, like the Brown Derby and the Hepcat Club and, and the Coconut Grove and Glamor Girl cosmetics. Um, frozen is the frozen inspired park. Land is gonna be coming in 2025 as, as part of a, a huge, fully immersive land.

So there's a lot that that's happening, especially on the studios side. I think we even see that too in Disney Village, uh, which is home to tons of shopping, uh, lot of different dining. In there as well. Again, much like um, Disney Springs or downtown Disney, you don't need, uh, a ticket to go there, but there's, you know, places to eat and things to do.

There's a, a 15 screen cinema there as well. Um, we're, we talked about 30 ish of the reasons to go. There are dozens more than I didn't even get to. Obviously my list ended up being way more than 30, but I think what one of the reasons to go is if you've been to world, if you've been to land, there was something familiar, yet wonderfully foreign about this park.

You see familiar attractions and layouts, but there is so much to this park that is different and unique to Disneyland, Paris, which a alone really is a reason to go. You see, not just the, the, the similarities, but I think that the differences in some of the beauty that this park has. That really, uh, makes it, um, a place that, that not only did I wanna go for the first time, but I can't wait to go back again next year.

Um, very quickly, each one of you go around, if you had to do your, your number one or your top two or top three favorites that the reasons to go, the things that you would tell somebody here are three reasons to go to Disneyland, Paris, what would they be? Marion, Becky, Jeremiah

Marion Mongello: number one is the castle.

Number two are the walkthroughs, and number three is the Lion King Show.

Beci Mahnken: For me, I'm gonna say the unique experiences, like the drone shows and all of that. But, um, I'm gonna take a different turn on that and say the proximity to Paris, because with the easy transportation, you can turn it into a seven to 14 day vacation really easily by visiting the history and architecture and the beauty of Paris.

You can go out to Versailles, the move, the Eiffel Tower. You can even take the channel to London or do a river cruise on the send, um, which is another seven day adventure out to the Normandy beaches and then, then go to, to Paris. So I think that that's one of the number one reasons is to turn into a true vacation and really experience Paris.

Jeremiah Good: I could not agree with you more, Becky. I, I just ran into Paris one day just to experience it and it's, it's so easy. Um, for me though, Disneyland, Paris, it's, it's the visuals, like the park is so stunning. You will never get tired of just walking around and looking. And yes, the castle, Phantom Manor, Nautilus next year.

Lou, I'll give you a tour of that. The dragon.

Lou Mongello: Yeah. Yeah. I, I agree with all of you. Um, I agree. Location, location, location. Becky was the first thing on my list. The, the park itself, aesthetically, thematically, storytelling wise is beautifully spectacular. All those words that we use, charming, romantic, and elegant are appropriate.

And I think, um, I, I wanted to say Phantom Manor, but like some of the unique takes on familiar attractions, let's say, um, as well as the ones that are unique to the park. We're gonna talk more Becky on a future episode. Really sort of go maybe a little bit deeper into some of the resorts. Maybe what we'll do too is we'll do a live show one night and we'll do a live q and a about Disneyland Paris.

So if you've listened to this very short, very, very high level, look at Disneyland Paris. Well, there is, if you have any questions about planning a trip, what to go, what to expect tips, whatever it might be. Um, and certainly Marion and Jeremiah, you are welcome to join as well. If you want to, um, share your thoughts, we'll schedule that, um, in the future.

So stay tuned. And we'll do that live. Um, I first of all thank you all very much for being here, for helping us reminisce and relive and get excited for our next Disneyland Paris trip. Jeremiah, as you said, uh, so well little bit of sucking up, but it was fine. So well, um, it is one of the things if you are looking to go, I, ive, and I'm not just saying cuz Becky's here, but I do because it is different.

And when I say foreign, I don't just mean foreign in terms of if you're coming from the US a foreign country, but foreign in terms of things are done a little bit differently. You really are. Um, you, you are best served by having an experienced vacation planner. From Mouse Van Travel, help you at no cost to you book and really get the most out of your Disneyland Paris experience.

I agree. Doing a maybe three or so days in Disneyland, Paris, and then a few days in Paris as well, really makes for a very special vacation, much like the one that I just shared, and I will never forget. Oh, I'm getting choked up with my daughter. Um, sorry. Um, but it is Disneyland Paris is, is a, uh, is a very, very special place.

And, uh, I'll also post this in the, uh, WDW radio clubhouse@wwradioradio.com slash clubhouse. We can talk more about this show, any questions that you might have, and then Marion, Jeremiah, and of course, we all know where to find Becky. But each of you let us know, uh, where people can find you.

Marion Mongello: Oh, me first?

Okay. Well, I'm on Instagram, Mary Ello. That's it. Woo. Or mary manolo.com. I have a website now. I forgot Mary Manolo do

Jeremiah Good: com. Forgot I made that. But she's posting her new articles about

Lou Mongello: Walt's toothpicks. No, she's posting that. That's going on WDW radio.com. So that's good stuff. Oh God,

Marion Mongello: you can find me. Stop, no pictures.

Jeremiah Good: Laughing place.com. Uh, personally, Jeremiah good on Instagram is my number one place and I'm also in the, uh, clubhouse. Love interacting with everybody over there.

Beci Mahnken: Yeah, Becky Mankin on all the socials and of course, mei travel.com or mouse fan travel.com.

Lou Mongello: I will link to any and all of those in the show notes over@wdwradio.com.

And if you have a question about Disneyland Paris, you can email me. You can call the voicemail at (407) 900-9391, or maybe your favorite memory or experience at Disneyland, Paris, uh Marion, Becky, Jeremiah, thank you again. Take us out very quickly around the horn, lightning round. If you could just sort of snap your fingers and be in Disneyland, Paris right now, what is the one thing you would do?

Go. Dragon

Beci Mahnken: Phantom

Jeremiah Good: Manor. Manor, ah. Beat you to it. We'll just be in the dune buggies going around and around. Thank that, that,

Beci Mahnken: that sounds good. Just keep going.

Lou Mongello: Awesome. I got the Vincent Price narration I love in there. So good.

Beci Mahnken: You know what I learned? Jeremiah needs to go without a camera. Yeah, that's, I, I think we need to go in July for Arian and we need to make sure Jeremiah has no camera when he

Lou Mongello: goes back.

Becky, you and I, we will take, why don't we take Jeremiah with us and We'll, it's, it's really we're doing it for Jeremiah. We can live. We could, we

Beci Mahnken: could go,

Lou Mongello: because now I gotta hold of Jeremiah. Oh wait, then I gotta hold the camera then. Wait. Second.

Beci Mahnken: That's what a tripod for is for.

Lou Mongello: It's time for our Walt Disney World trivia question of the week. When I invite you to test your knowledge of Walt Disney World, or maybe this week, Disneyland, Paris is history M C O L. You pay attention to the details in which you see here. Remember maybe even taste if you think you know the answer, you can enter for a chance to a Disney prize package.

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So last week we were talking about Disneyland Paris, much as we are this week. And the question last week was to tell me when Disneyland Paris opened its doors at 9:01 AM on April 22nd, 1992. It actually wasn't known as Disneyland Paris. The question was to tell me what was the original name of what is currently known as Disneyland Paris.

Thanks to so many of you entered, got this one correct. I knew that the was of course Euro Disney. And without going too far down the rabbit hole, it was called Euro Disney originally, but for a number of reasons, including low attendance and the association of the word Euro with with work and finances.

On October 1st, 1994, Euro Disney changed its name to Disneyland Resort Paris. So I took all the correct entries, randomly selected one. And last week you were playing for a W D W Radio mug, a pin and a prize from Disneyland, Paris, and last week's winner, randomly selected is Bailey c Carter. So Bailey, congratulations.

I'll get your prize package out to you right away. If you played last week and didn't win, that's okay cuz here's your next chance to enter this week's Disneyland Paris Trivia contest Question. So during last week's and this week's show, you might have heard me and some of the other folks gushing about our love of Discovery Land and some of the attractions in there, and Space Mountain in Discovery Land actually didn't open with the park, but in 1995 and opened to a lot of fanfare.

So this week I want you to tell me who sang what artists what group, what special guest sang at the opening of Space Mountain in Disneyland, Paris in 1995. You have until Sunday, June 25th at 11:59 PM to go to ww radio.com. Click on this week's podcast again this week I'm gonna send you a mug, a pin, and another prize from Disneyland, Paris.

So Vz, which I think still means good luck and have fun.

That's gonna do it for this week's show. Thank you so much for tuning in this week, last week for Part one, and whether you are a brand new listener or you've been listening since 2005, Meci Boku, thank you very much. Uh, I sincerely appreciate you and I hope you had fun this week. You learned something new and that the show brought a little bit of happiness and Disney magic to you wherever you are.

I'm a little under the weather today, so I wanna make this quick. Uh, don't forget, I'd like to hear from you. If you've ever been to Disneyland Paris, as it Disneyland, Paris on your Disney bucket list, come be part of the community and conversation over in the clubhouse@wwradioradio.com slash clubhouse.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope that this truly is your best week ever. If you are a dad, brother, uncle, father, figure, whatever it may be, I hope that you had a very happy Father's Day. I owe everything that I am and the man that I am today to my dad, who I love and miss incredibly so, okay. I know I said it was gonna be a short outro.

Thank you again. I hope that this is your best week ever. So until next time, see ya.